Three grants approved by National Steering Committee in 9th Meeting

Quezon City -- The 9th Meeting of the National Steering Committee of the GEF Small Grants Programme recently approved three grants amounting to PhP4,050,000, during its 9th Meeting in Quezon City on December 6, 2016.

The Malasi Lake Producers Cooperative (MLPC) will focus on the establishment of wetland conservation sites in Malasi Lake, Cabagan, Isabela, and shall be receiving a grant of PhP 1 million. Philippine Permaculture Association (PPA) will focus on integrating permaculture principles in the development framework of Divilacan, Isabela, and shall be receiving a grant of PhP 1 million.

The Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet) will be organizing the national conference of the GEF Small Grants Programme to be held in the first semester of 2017 through a grant of PhP 2 million.

The approval of the three grants brings the total amount of project grants to PhP 135 million, including three planning grants. SGP now has a total of 49 grantees:

- Sierra Madre, with 19 projects and about PhP 51 million in total grant amount;
- Palawan, with 19 projects and about PhP 56 million; and
- Samar, with 13 projects and over PhP 26 million.

The SGP is also stepping up its efforts to bring project partners together to learn from each other and forge partnerships and collaborations.

The CPMU has also been providing technical and financial support to SGP grantees, including:

- Support to Roll Out of Capability Building Activities. SGP is committed to support the cascading of the training programs on Ecosystems Valuation, Community-based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and Biodiversity-friendly Enterprises.

- Support to Site Conferences. Similarly, SGP is providing financial support to ensure the success of the site conferences.

- Connecting Grantees to Funding Institutions. The SGP assisting grantees in Aurora and Samar on finding potential fund sources such as the People's Survival Fund of the Climate Change Commission. In Grantees Aurora province and Samar Island are now working with their respective provincial governments in conceptualizing and preparing their proposals.

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